Nick Kyrgios is known for his abilities on a tennis court, and no we are not talking about his tennis abilities.
Kyrgios has the best tennis meltdowns that we have ever seen. Better than John McEnroe, Mikhail Youzhny, Serena Williams, Marcos Baghdatis, whomever you think about when discussing tennis blowups.
To make Kyrgios more special he has memorable outbursts on a fairly regular basis. So many that narrowing down his meltdowns to a top 10 list is a fairly difficult task.
This year he is making his return to Washington D.C.'s Citi Open and with the short fuse that Kyrgios brings, every match he plays in becomes a must-watch.
From time to time, the 24-year-old has destroyed a racket or two... or three in his short career. He's argued with officials. Argued with fans. Argued with pretty much anyone that could disturb him on a tennis court. His racket tosses are unconventional and he always finds a new way to make headlines.
Needless to say, he is controversial for a sport that has a prim and proper history. His attitude is further amplified when he gives up in the middle of games and sets. He randomly turns into a trick shot artist. He doesn't have a coach and openly admits he does not take his profession seriously. It's a shame, really, because he is truly one of the best athletes on the ATP Tour and when he hones in for a big match he plays like a top-10 player.
In May, before the French Open, he made another stir off the court by calling out two of the best in the sport. He said Novak Djokovic's celebrations are "cringeworthy" and Rafael Nadal has "super salty" double standards. Then he hit a ball right at Nadal in an entertaining Second Round match at Wimbledon.
Here's a non-inclusive list of Kyrgios' top 10 meltdowns/ blowups. And here's to hoping that we'll get another one worthy to go on this list at the 2019 Citi Open.
#10 - Racket toss out of the stadium - 2019 Queens Club Championships
Frustrated, but not enough to destroy a racket, Kyrgios decides to just toss this one out of the court area. He was upset that the umpires "rigged" the match against him and decided to go through the motions in the final points. For multiple transgressions in the tournament, he was fined $17,500.
#9 - Meltdown Down Under - 2017 Australian Open
Playing Andres Seppi this is one of the iconic meltdowns of Kyrgios' career. This match is when many first heard of the young Aussie. A slew of expletives led to code violations, mostly at himself. And in true self-destruction fashion, delivered a half-hearted racket smash.
#8 - Umpire coaches up Kyrgios - 2018 U.S. Open
Only this would happen to Kyrgios. In the middle of a Second Round match at the U.S. Open, chair umpire Mohamed Layhani stepped down to give Kyrgios what appears to be a pep talk after dropping the first set and going down in the second to Pierre-Hugues Herbert. "I want to help you" and "you're great for tennis" were overheard on the video. The umpire would later be suspended for his actions, but it worked and Kyrgios won the final three sets.
#7 - Kyrgios and John McEnroe lose their minds - 2018 Laver Cup
This will give anybody a good laugh. It's almost unfair that it is only No. 7 on this list, but John McEnroe did most of the work in this blowup. Here, McEnroe was the coach of Kyrgios in the team tournament between Team Europe and Team World.
#6 - Booed off the court - 2016 Shanghai Masters
This match had a little bit of everything, or nothing depending on how you looked at it. Eventually, he was booed off the court because of his lack of effort and he was honest about it in the postgame press conference. Kyrgios was suspended for eight weeks following this performance and fined $32,900.
#5 - Kyrgios insults Stan Wawrinka's girlfriend - 2015 Rogers Cup (NSFW)
Nowhere should this be considered the 'top.' But in 2015 Kyrgios got heated in a match against Stan Wawrinka and lashed out with a leud comment about Wawrinka's girlfriend. Kyrgios received a maximum $10,000 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct and a 28-day ban from ATP competition. The ATP also levied a $25,000 fine on Kyrgios if he had another inccident over the next six months, which he did not.
#4 - "Why are you watching me on a Sunday night" - 2019 Miami Open
Chirpping at a character like Kyrgios is never a good idea. An unfortunate fan at the Miami Open found out the hard way and Kyrgios clapped back. After shouting at the tennis player (not seen in the video), Kyrgios went right after him with a "You got nothing else to do on a Sunday night?" Kyrgios won the argument as the fan was escorted out of the match.
#3 - "There is music playing... while we are playing" - 2016 Australian Open
Kyrgios did not like music distracting him during a match against Tomas Berdych. While hilarious, there are no expletives or equipment damage in this freak-out. They would play through the music and Kyrgios would go on to lose.
#2 - When throwing a racket isn't enough - 2019 Italian Open
Sometimes throwing a tennis racket to voice your displeasure is not enough. So, Kyrgios kicked his water bottle and threw one of his on-court chairs out into the middle of the court. That is to go along with his profanity-laden rant that went along with it. Kyrgios was defaulted, lost his accumulated prize money ($37,881 US), forfeited 45 ATP points and was fined $25,525.
#1 - Why smash a racket when you can smash three? - 2016 Western and Southern Open
The best tennis outbursts are the smashing of rackets. Playing in Cincinnati after dropping a set to Borna Ćorić, Kyrgios let loose on three rackets. The one he was playing with and two backups in his bag.
If these displays of Nick Kyrgios are not enough for you, here's the lighter side of him during last year's Wimbledon. He recognized a reporter from a party he attended the night prior:
And... a pretty flawless interview with a kid.
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